2007 Fall Camp - Saturday Notes

True freshman runningback COREY WHITE showed his quickness during the second day of fall camp, and the incoming freshman class is beginning to make their presence felt early. With the team getting ready to switch to full pads and full contact this week, the stage is set for numerous position battles throughout the roster.


Practice went exactly 2 hours -- drills started at 9 sharp and last whistle blew at 11am. The team spent the first portion of today's practice working on special teams...the whole team working. Coach Akey stated special teams would be a focus under his watch, and so far he hasn't veered from that goal. Offensively most of the time was spent running a huge variety of plays and drills. The defense did station work and was lifting after practice. From our notebook - "Enthusiasm is high, especially on the defense -- a lot of hustle and pop on D." The team spent the last part of practice in 11-on-11 running and passing drills.

PRACTICE WAS IN HELMETS ONLY, NO PADS AND NO CONTACT.


#10 Shiloh Keo, starting stong safety
TOP DEFENSE: The defense started out with Aaron Lavarias, Siua Musika and Josh Shaw on the line, with Ben Alexander working at defensive end. The linebacker unit, as expected, was led by David Vobora, Brandon Ogletree and Joartis Ratti. Eric Hunter and Stanley Franks got the nod at cornerback, while Shiloh Keo and and Chris Smith worked at safety. There was extensive rotation throughout the defensive chart today, and several positions aren't likely to be decided for a couple weeks [especially among the second unit defense].

INSIDE SLANT: True sophomore Shiloh Keo earned honorable mention Freshman All-American honors last year from The Sporting News, and this year the veteran Idaho defensive back has added some serious muscle mass to his frame. Considered the "quarterback" of the defensive backfield, Keo appears poised for what could be an impressive 2007 season.


#25 Corey White
RUNNINGBACK NOTES: Redshirt freshman runningback Deonte Jackson looked smooth out of the backfield. Touted true freshman runningback Corey White really showed his quickness throughout drills. He will definitely be one to watch in the future. Junior runningback Jayson Bird is looking sharp - powerful as always and is continuing to add muscle mass. Patting him on the back is like knocking on a stone wall. No fat at all. Sophomore Devon Sturdivant also looked good at runningback.

INSIDE SLANT: The battle for playing time this fall will be intense. Bird has been among Idaho's top two runningbacks throughout his career, and he split carries with senior Flowers last year. Jackson has been running with the 1s since spring camp began, and Corey White comes to Idaho with huge expectations. Stay tuned for what will undoubtedly be an intense battle.


True freshman Dewey Hale asserting himself at WR.
WIDE RECEIVER NOTES: Redshirt freshman wide receiver Daniel Hardy had a nice catch in 11-on-11 drills. True freshman wideout Dewey Hale has some impressive quicks, and he had them on full display Saturday morning. In general, the new guys joining the program this fall are showing the ability to catch the ball well with some wheels. Creating more competition within the chart, the impact already appears to be having an effect on the rest of the receivers competing for playing time this fall.

INSIDE SLANT: Rumors abound that 1st Team All-WAC cornerback Stanley Franks will get a shot at some wide receiver plays this fall. No signs yet that he's been given the green light at WR, but the impact could be something to see.


QUARTERBACK UPDATE: Redshirt freshman Nathan Enderle is continuing to look sharp. The strong-armed athlete out of Nebraska won the starting job after an impressive spring camp, and his leadership is becoming more evident. Junior Brian Nooy appears to be Idaho's #2 quarterback.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Nathan Enderle gets instruction from fourth year quarterbacks coach Jonathan Smith.

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